It’s summer, which means it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. It’s also time to put on your favorite summer blouse and breezy skirts, follow your summer skincare routine, and of course, stay hydrated!
Staying hydrated is important no matter where you are or what season it is. But you must drink water, especially during the summertime, when temperatures are soaring. If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat this summer, we have a few tips for staying hydrated right here.
Tips for staying hydrated in hot weather
The best way to stay hydrated all summer long is to drink at least eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Here are some more tips for staying hydrated in hot weather.
1. Always keep a water bottle around
Whether you are working or working out, or even just watching a movie at home, the best way to stay hydrated is to always keep a water bottle around. It will be a nice little reminder to keep drinking water even when you are not that thirsty. This will also help you keep a track of how much water you drink every day.
2. Know the signs of dehydration
A lot of people don’t realize they are dehydrated until they become very thirsty. If you know you are dehydrated, then you can quickly grab a drink instead of waiting for your body to show you a sign. Here are some common signs of dehydration to watch out for – dry or sticky mouth, fatigue, not peeing very much or dark yellow urine, headaches, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, and thirst, of course.
3. Install an app that sends reminders to drink water regularly
We all know that it is good for us to stay hydrated, but sometimes it’s hard to remember to always keep drinking water. The good news is that there are plenty of apps available today that remind you to drink water every hour or thirty minutes. In addition, they also help you track your water intake, daily step count, heart rate, etc. Our top 3 picks for hydration apps include – Daily Water Tracker Reminder, WaterMinder, and Hydro Coach.
4. Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake
Iced coffee or a margarita might seem super-tempting on a hot sunny afternoon; but it turns out these cold drinks aren’t really a good option for your body. Because of the heat, both caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration more quickly than in cooler weather. It’s best to avoid them altogether, or at least drink plenty of water before drinking alcohol or caffeine-containing drinks.
5. Include more fruits, veggies, and probiotics in your diet
In addition to drinking water, make sure you’re eating foods with lots of water content in them, such as fruits and vegetables. You can also add some fruits and veggies to flavor your water and make it taste delicious. You should include probiotics like yogurt in your diet. These have good bacteria that help improve your overall digestive health. Good digestive health leads to better absorption of nutrients and water, which is important to stay hydrated.
Yummy recipes for staying hydrated in hot weather
Sometimes simply drinking water might not just work for some of us. And for such times, fruits and veggies are a great alternative. Just whip up one of these recipes and enjoy the best way to stay hydrated this summer – while sipping on yummy smoothies and slurping delicious popsicles.
1. Mango-coconut green smoothie
Smoothies are the best way to stay hydrated in summer. And this mouth-watering vegan smoothie is a good option for all vegans and non-vegans alike. To make this delicious treat just blend – 1 cup of baby spinach and mango cubes, with 1/2 banana, 3/4th cup of coconut milk, 1/2 orange juice, and ice cubes. Your vegan mango-coconut green smoothie is ready!
2. Apple, carrot, and peach smoothie
If you’re not that big a fan of green smoothies, don’t worry cause we got you another delicious smoothie recipe – an apple, carrot, and peach smoothie. All you have to do to make this one is to blend together 2 deseeded and peeled apples, 1 peeled carrot, 1 peeled peach with the seed removed, and 5 tbsps each of fat-free yogurt and milk. And your yummy smoothie is ready to keep you hydrated.
3. Frozen blueberry and yogurt kebabs
If you’re craving something cooler than smoothies, then give this frozen blueberry and yogurt kebabs recipe a try. To make this amazing recipe, just thread some blueberries on kebab sticks and coat them with your favorite yogurt. Once done, freeze the sticks for a few hours. Plate them with more fruits and your kebabs are ready to eat.
4. Strawberry-banana frozen yogurt pops
Who doesn’t like popsicles? But most popsicles available in the stores are made with a lot of sugar and artificial flavors. So to satisfy your popsicle craving, here’s a yummy and healthy recipe for strawberry-banana frozen yogurt pops.
Blend a cup of strawberries with 1 tbsp of maple syrup (or honey). Mix half a cup of yogurt with a tbsp of strawberry puree and maple syrup. Next, fill ice pop molds with puree, yogurt, and slices of bananas and strawberries making layers. Freeze for a few hours in the fridge. Your fruity popsicles are ready!
5. Coconut kiwi popsicles
Coconut water does wonders for your skin and overall health. Plus it keeps dehydration away. So, these coconut kiwi popsicles are the best way to stay hydrated in the summertime. Whisk 4 tbsps of coconut cream and 16.9 oz coconut water together. Fill this mixture into ice pop molds and top it up with kiwi slices. Once done, freeze for a few hours. Your perfectly delicious summertime treats are ready to eat.
So, those were some decilious recipes that will help you beat dehydration this summer. Follow the simple tips above to help you stay hydrated and energized, to enjoy your summer activities even more.